Hamilton Academical 0 - 4 Dundee Utd

League Cup - Quarter Final 1st Leg
Wednesday, September 2nd, 1981, 7:30 PM at Douglas Park
Attendance: 5,381
Referee: Brian McGinlay (Balfron)
Hamilton Academical Dundee Utd

None. Davie Dodds (10)
Davie Dodds (18)
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (47)
John Holt (47)

Team Managers
Dave McParland Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Rikki Ferguson
Jim Frew
John Brown
Brian Wright
Alan McDougall
Gary Marshall
Neil Howie
Gary McDowall
Joe Craig
John Deeney
Peter McAdams
Hamish McAlpine
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Willie Pettigrew

Tom Donnelly
Graham Mitchell
Derek Murray
Ralph Milne

None. Ralph Milne for Willie Pettigrew

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 475 apps3 goals
John Holt 153 apps14 goals
Paul Hegarty 297 apps49 goals
Derek Stark 127 apps3 goals
Iain Phillip 104 apps1 goal
Dave Narey 346 apps22 goals
Eamonn Bannon 94 apps23 goals
Billy Kirkwood 174 apps40 goals
Davie Dodds 124 apps47 goals
Paul Sturrock 284 apps82 goals
Willie Pettigrew 89 apps36 goals
Ralph Milne (sub) 58 apps13 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Derek Stark (22 years 293 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 233 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 274 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (20 years 117 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 233 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 347 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


For United's first game in the knock-out stages of the competition, manager Jim McLean made only one change to the starting line-up from the weekend's opening League match against Aberdeen. The experienced Iain Phillip replaced youngster Derek Murray, with Murray replacing Richard Gough on the bench.

Davie Dodds set the ball rolling against the First Division side in the 1st leg at Tannadice, out-jumping the Hamilton defence to head in an Eamonn Bannon corner after only 10 minutes. Hamilton were gifted a glorious chance to level when Derek Stark made a mess of a pass back but Joe Craig shot wildly past with only Hamish McAlpine to beat. United made them pay for that miss, when a Davie Dodds diving header crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

United went further ahead with two goals inside the first two minutes of the second half. After good work by Paul Sturrock, John Holt shot home from 20 yards out, and moments later Sturrock was pulled down in the box by Marshall. Eamonn Bannon hammered home the spot kick to put United in full control. Hamilton tried their best to pull one back before the end, with full-back John Brown coming close with a long range effort. With the 2nd leg at Douglas Park not to come for another three weeks, the 4-0 win meant United could concentrate on League business, and the upcoming UEFA Cup tie against Monaco.

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